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Long-time HomeAid Colorado Director Laura McKenna Steps Up As Development Director for HomeAid America

September 13, 2018 - HomeAid America announced today that Laura McKenna has been named as Development Director. McKenna will focus on strengthening HomeAid’s strategic partnerships to support the growing pipeline of homeless housing development projects, as well as work with foundations and corporate donors to support the work of existing chapters and expansion efforts across the country.

“Laura’s breadth of nonprofit experience, relationships within the homebuilding industry, and deep knowledge of HomeAid’s model perfectly align with our mission to build new lives for Americans experiencing homelessness,” said Peter Simons, HomeAid America’s Chief Executive Officer. “Laura did an incredible job running our Colorado chapter for 16 years, and I am sure she will do an equally stellar job in her new role for HomeAid America.”

“I feel very fortunate to be able to continue working in the HomeAid family and look forward to being able to focus on fund development,” said Laura McKenna. “HomeAid’s work is compelling, critical and undoubtedly effective. I look forward to working with our current and future partners to continue making a difference for people experiencing homelessness.”

McKenna brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership, program development, project management and fundraising to HomeAid America. For the past 16 years, McKenna served as the Executive Director of HomeAid Colorado, a chapter of HomeAid. McKenna managed the development of 56 housing projects, valued at $13 million that added nearly 400 beds to give homeless families and individuals a place to rebuild their lives. McKenna secured over $5 million in donations from the building industry, allowing thousands of previously homeless families and individuals access to safe, dignified housing.

McKenna earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Truman State University and a Master’s in Organizational Communication from Southern Illinois University.

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